Garen Guide: 5 Things You Learn from Maining Garen

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While many guides will talk about builds or matchups, our Garen guide will break down the five biggest tips you learn about the champion and League of Legends from playing Garen!

Garen has always had a special place in my heart. He’s been one of my most-played champions in ranked because of how binary his playstyle is, but that doesn’t mean that there’s not a lot you can learn from maining him. In this Garen guide, I’m going to talk about the general gameplay strategies you learn when you play a lot of games on Garen.

This will be the first guide in a series where we talk about overarching League of Legends concepts that champions can teach you. This will focus more on general gameplay concepts (though some specific to the champion) rather than discussing builds, runes, and matchups, as these will change constantly as League evolves. So, here is our guide on the 10 things you learn from maining Garen.

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1. Playing Melee into Ranged

Any top laner shudders to think about the prospect of playing as a melee fighter into a ranged top laner. Champions like Quinn, Teemo, Vayne, and Gnar are all the bane of most top laners’ existence.

Garen, as a melee juggernaut, is no exception to the rule and will get bullied heavily against those ranged matchups. However, Garen’s kit does have the tools to let you learn to deal with these matchups.

Garen’s sustain off his passive will teach you how to properly position when you are not going for CS, as you want to avoid taking damage long enough for the healing to start. It will also make you consider which CS to go for, because you know that every time you go to last-hit not only will you take damage but that built-in sustain will be down for another few seconds.